Friday, 4 March 2016

London day 6 … a fantastic day

I’m off to Kensington Palace and this is my first visit there …
click on any of the smaller pictures to enlarge
 Leaving Paddington Basin … the street food market was just about set up and the smells were soooooo inviting.
 Arrived at Kensington Park by the Italian Gardens


Walking towards Prince Albert’s Monument
 … where I can see two other icons in the distance
 The Albert Hall faces the monument

 Very impressive

Into Kensington Palace which has been home to members of the Royal Family since 1689 and part of the Palace is still home to some members including Prince Harry, the Dukes and Duchesses of  Gloucester and Kent and Princess Michael of Kent.  William and Kate also have an apartment there.


 Victoria and Albert and family

Thought to be the room where Queen Victoria was born.
 A display of the The Great Exhibition information in the Red Saloon where Queen Victoria held her first Privy Council (meeting of cabinet ministers/advisors) in June 1837 a few hours after being informed that she was now the monarch.
The Kings Staircase circa 1726





 View from the King’s Drawing Room window








A beautiful ascent to Queen Mary II state apartments


 Saving the best ’til last … 
the wardrobes of three royal ladies from the 1950’s to the 1980’s
Sorry that some of the information clips are a bit blurred but click on them as they are readable








And outside the Palace ...
What a fantastic visit I had to Kensington Palace …
and the day isn’t over yet!
George and I went to St Martin-in-the-Fields to see/listen to a concert performed by members of London Octave together with William Bennett on Flute and Christopher Bevan on Harpsichord. Nothing too highbrow, just beautifully played easy listening,  mainly Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Air on a G String, Brandenburg Concerto 5 among others that you’d probably recognise and hum along to if you heard them playing.  
A really good evening was had especially because Molly was being well looked after by Diane and Ray (nb Ferndale).  Thank you both.

Give yourself a pat on the shoulder if you’ve got this far, your interest in my blog which often rather long when I’ve enjoyed the day, thank you too.

11 comments:

KevinTOO said...

I've enjoyed it nearly as much as yourselves... LOL
Just need a few music clips embedding please :)
[yes I am running for cover before you hit me]

Paul and El said...

Lovely day out xx

Carol said...

Hang on Kevin, take these with you …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1FSN8_pp_o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvzTxNq3nTg
hope they don’t hurt too much. x

Carol said...

It was too! xx

Sandi said...

A great day was had by all it seems!! Love you. Xxx

Sharon Downey said...

Lovely photos Carol

KevinTOO said...

Oh that didn't hurt at all Carol... LOL
Thanks for not being offended ;)

Fran said...

I have been having a catch up and have thoroughly enjoyed my tour of London. I love the V&A, in fact you have prompted me to think about a visit very soon. Keep up the tours and have fun xxx

Carol said...

We’re having a grand time in London Sandra. Love you too. xx

Carol said...

Thanks Sharon

Carol said...

Thanks Fran.